Afghanistan to field Chinook heavy-lift helos

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Afghanistan is to receive an undisclosed number of Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to help replace its ageing Russian-built inventory and to enhance its air mobility capabilities, the US government disclosed in late January.

In its December 2019 report to Congress, titled Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan , the US Department of Defense (DoD) noted that it is to equip the Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW) with Chinook helicopters to fully replace its current Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ fleet by the end of 2023.


The SMW, which is part of the Afghan Special Security Forces, will use these helicopters to support counter-terrorism operations.


While the DoD did not disclose numbers, the SMW currently fields approximately 30 Mi-17s that are in the process of being replaced by 40 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Depending on the DoD’s plans for building up the capabilities of the wing, a force of about 10 to 15 Chinooks would provide an appropriate force mix.


Given the Chinook’s intended counter-terrorism missions, it could well be that the helicopters provided to the Afghan SMW will be the MH-47 special mission variant rather than the CH-47 transport variant.
 

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Afghanistan is to receive an undisclosed number of Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to help replace its ageing Russian-built inventory and to enhance its air mobility capabilities, the US government disclosed in late January.

In its December 2019 report to Congress, titled Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan , the US Department of Defense (DoD) noted that it is to equip the Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW) with Chinook helicopters to fully replace its current Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ fleet by the end of 2023.


The SMW, which is part of the Afghan Special Security Forces, will use these helicopters to support counter-terrorism operations.


While the DoD did not disclose numbers, the SMW currently fields approximately 30 Mi-17s that are in the process of being replaced by 40 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Depending on the DoD’s plans for building up the capabilities of the wing, a force of about 10 to 15 Chinooks would provide an appropriate force mix.


Given the Chinook’s intended counter-terrorism missions, it could well be that the helicopters provided to the Afghan SMW will be the MH-47 special mission variant rather than the CH-47 transport variant.
Why don't we grab those Mi 17 they are replacing with Black hawks and Chinook and offer perhaps some old Tanks or Mi Hind they were asking for?

We can easily maintain them and use. American senate will be happy that they got rid of Russians helis from Afghan and got Blackhawks there while Afghan will get Mi Hind too or tanks and we can have a bigger fleet of Mi 17.
 

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